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Letter to the Editor

SJEMed. 2020; 1(1): 32-32

A look into a new evolving medical specialty, "Dignitary Medicine"

Mobarak Al Mulhim.


We believe the readers of SJEM will take great interest in our recent work on the burgeoning field of Dignitary Medicine (DM). Historically, there are significant lessons learned from medical catastrophes that affected or killed leaders from all over the world, all of which highlighted
the importance of the physicians-leaders' relation (When Illness Strike the Leaders-by Jerald Post). We always assume that leaders as VIP get the best health care, while in fact their health outcome are compromised by many factors, including the inner circle interference and their families influences, but also the lack of physician special training. DM involves caring for government leaders, their family, and other high-profile individuals,
generally referred to as dignitaries. Dignitaries require 24/7 access to complex care, mitigation against unique threats, such as assassination, coordination of medical care with security services and an inner circle of advisors, and greater medical record privacy than the average patient. Given the complexities of managing such patients, we have proposed DM as a novel area of medical specialization and training.

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